In Michigan
2:50 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Korean Ambassador in East Lansing to push free trade agreement

EAST LANSING, MI –

South Korea's Ambassador to the United States was in East Lansing today to promote a free trade agreement between the two countries.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

AUDIO: Republic of Korea Ambassador Han Duk-soo says the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement would expand trade opportunities for American businesses, but the pact has not been ratified by Congress.

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In Michigan
7:27 am
Thu August 19, 2010

School lobbyists not happy about K-12 money plan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has proposed using a surplus of money in the School Aid Fund to fill gaps in the state budget. She also wants to use part of that surplus to encourage K-12 schools to consolidate services.

Brad Biladeau is with the Michigan Association of School Administrators. He says that in some cases consolidating services would do more harm than good.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Teixeira helps Yankees win testy one over Tigers

NEW YORK – Mark Teixeira homered and Dustin Moseley pitched well enough to overcome the two home runs he gave up to Miguel Cabrera in the New York Yankees' testy 9-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman hit Brett Gardner in the leg with his first pitch and one out later, Teixeira made it 2-0.

With the Yankees leading 9-4, reliever Chad Gaudin hit Cabrera, his first batter, in the back to start the eighth. Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to argue when Gaudin wasn't ejected or warned.

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Sports
6:57 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Lugnuts beat Silver Hawks

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts wiped out an early deficit with 10 unanswered runs, doubling up the South Bend Silver Hawks 10-5 yesterday evening on Jackson Field.

The two teams play the middle game of their series tonight.

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In Michigan
5:10 am
Thu August 19, 2010

DHS launches back-to-school effort

LANSING, MI –

With the start of school less than a month away, state officials are launching a readiness program to help parents prepare their children for class. The Michigan Department of Human Services is offering eligible families a $79 per child allowance for school clothes. Director Ismael Ahmed says the program is part of a major push towards child welfare reform:

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In Michigan
6:27 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

GM takes step toward selling stock to public

DETROIT –

General Motors has filed the first paperwork needed to sell stock to the public.

GM filed the paperwork for its initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.

The company says the U.S. government and other stakeholders will sell common shares worth $100 million. GM will sell preferred shares worth $100 million. Those numbers are rough estimates and the amount raised in the actual stock sale is expected to be much higher.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Athletes testify against "Right of Publicity Act"

LANSING, MI –

Several professional and retired athletes told state lawmakers Tuesday that a bill in the state House could damage their careers and livelihoods. The bill would allow public figures to protect their likeness and personality from being used without their permission in for-profit ventures.

Former Michigan State University basketball player and NBA star Morris Peterson says an exemption for video game companies would harm pro-athletes.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

GM announces $20M investment at Bay City factory

BAY CITY, MI –

General Motors has announced it will spend $20 million to prepare its Bay City Powertrain for building camshafts that will go into a new engine.

The company said Wednesday's announcement brings to $62.5 million the amount of new investment at the plant this year. The camshafts are for GM's next generation Ecotec engine, which is its highest volume four-cylinder engine program.

Bay City Mayor Charles Brunner says GM's spending at the factory shows what "a bright future" the automotive industry has.

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In Michigan
5:24 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Michigan prohibits private memorials on state land

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI –

Michigan is cracking down on use of state land for private memorials.

People sometimes place crosses, mementos and other items on public property in forests or near roads or trails. They're often near the site of an auto crash or a favorite hunting spot.

Lori Burford of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment says the memorials can distract motorists. They also take public property for private use, and people sometimes leave litter at the sites.

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Top Stories
5:11 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Granholm details new plan to balance Mich. budgets

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposes a tax amnesty and a 3% spending cut for state agencies to help erase deficits topping $780 million in Michigan's state budgets.

The Democratic governor detailed her latest proposals Wednesday. Many of the ideas would require agreement from state legislators.

One proposal is to take a portion of a surplus in the state's fund for public schools and use it to help community college budgets.

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